A "nasty and spineless" crook who used Grindr to rob and bribe men by threatening to 'out' them after having sex with them has been jailed.
Anouar Sabbar, 28, from Southwark, south London, would find victims on the gay dating app and have sex with them.
After their sexual liaison, he would claim to be an escort, demanding money, My London reported.
Sabbar would then threaten his victims, who were aged between 25 and 57 years old, using violence or blackmail. His disgusting methods saw him rake in £2,360 between April 2019 and June 2021.
At a hearing in Southwark Crown Court in November, Sabbar pleaded guilty to robbery, theft, five counts of blackmail and five counts of fraud. He was handed a five-year sentence at the same court on Thursday.
On one occasion, Sabbar threatened to send someone over to a victim's house and beat him up if he did not pay.
In another incident, Sabbar threatened to tell his victim's girlfriend that he and the victim had had sex and threatened to show her screenshots of their chat history.
Sabbar was caught after a police officer investigating one of his thefts linked him to a string of robberies following an incident in Tower Hamlets. He was identified from various numbers, addresses, aliases and usernames and hunted down by officers.
When officers contacted Sabbar by phone, he swore at them and said he would never be caught. He was caught the same day. His phone revealed evidence of further incidents of a similar nature.
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The 28-year-old gave no comment in interviews following his arrest.
Detective Inspector Arif Sharif said: “The victims in this case have been incredibly brave in coming forward and reporting the offences Sabbar committed against them.
“Sabbar is a nasty and spineless individual who used Grindr to target victims and used their vulnerabilities against them.
“It is with thanks to the officer who diligently carried out the investigation that this dangerous offender has been taken off the streets.
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“There may be others who were exploited by Sabbar who until now have felt unable to tell anyone. Please get in touch with us – we are here to listen to you and will take what you say incredibly seriously. You will be treated with sensitivity and in confidence.
“In situations such as this, the Met is focused on the motive and behaviour of the offender, rather than the behaviour of the victim. I would therefore urge anyone who has been a victim of crime following a meet on Grindr or similar platforms to speak to us directly quoting Op Fardella.
"Alternatively, contact us through a third party support group such as Galop or reach out 100% anonymously using the independent charity Crimestoppers.”
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